display html code

hello,
i maintain a website that provides counters.  To install the counters i  have a page that gives them the html.  here is the page:

http://myfreecounter.net/gethtml.php?id=1

but when users copy the html and paste it into ms Frontpage or another html editor, it usually changes to this:

<script src="http://www.myfreecounter.net/script.php?id=1" language="Javascript1.2"></script>
<noscript><img src="http://www.myfreecounter.net/noscript.php?id=1"></noscript>

it does that even if they copy it in HTML mode.  I thought about using a textarea to display the html to paste, but i wouldnt think that would look polished, i need something that will look nice, but still copy correctly.

thank you,
Matt
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coreybryantCommented:
I think that you would need to either use the text area - or tell the FP users to copy & paste it into notepad before pasting it into HTML.  

-Corey
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superslamwichCommented:
You can try using this for a better look for the textarea:

<textarea style='overflow:hidden;background-color:#000000;color:#FFFFFF;' readonly rows='10' cols='50'><script src="http://www.myfreecounter.net/script.php?id=1" language="Javascript1.2"></script>
<noscript><img src="http://www.myfreecounter.net/noscript.php?id=1"></noscript></textarea>

You can change the colors to whatever you want

{Slam}
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HeadAcheMikeCommented:
agreed but you should code it like this

<textarea style='overflow:hidden;background-color:#000000;color:#FFFFFF;' readonly rows='10' cols='50'>
&lt;script src="http://www.myfreecounter.net/script.php?id=1" language="Javascript1.2"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;
&lt;noscript&gt;&lt;img src="http://www.myfreecounter.net/noscript.php?id=1"&gt;&lt;/noscript&gt;
</textarea>

this makes sure the tags inside the text area wont get confused at design time and it displays properly in the browser
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seanpowellCommented:
Or this:

<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
<title>Copy Code</title>
<style>
<!--
p { font-family: Verdana; font-size: 13px }
-->
</style>
</head>
<body>
<table BORDER=0 CELLPADDING=10 CELLSPACING=0>
  <tr>
    <td BGCOLOR=#cccccc align="center">
    <p><b>Just put this image tag into the BODY of your html document.</b><br>
    Click the Highlight All Button, right click the text, select copy then and paste into your html editor</p></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td BGCOLOR=#cccccc align="center">
    <form NAME="copy">
    <DIV align="center">
    <input type=button value="Highlight All" onClick="javascript:this.form.txt.focus();this.form.txt.select();">
    </DIV>
    <br>
    <textarea style='overflow:hidden;background-color:#ffffff;color:#000000;' name="txt" readonly rows='4' cols='95' WRAP=VIRTUAL>

&lt;script src="http://www.myfreecounter.net/script.php?id=1" language="Javascript1.2"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;
&lt;noscript&gt;&lt;img src="http://www.myfreecounter.net/noscript.php?id=1"&gt;&lt;/noscript&gt;

    </textarea>
    </td>
  </tr>
</table>
</form>
</body>
</html>
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superslamwichCommented:
Hopefully people aren't so lazy they need an auto-select for such a short amount of text :-)

And I believe most browsers do render <tag>'s in textareas as long as they are not </textarea>, although you are right you can't be too careful with all the different browser standards out there.
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seanpowellCommented:
>>Hopefully people aren't so lazy
I agree - but I've had experience with people that don't "correctly" copy all the text - missing an opening or closing bracket, etc. It's just some added security...
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superslamwichCommented:
I suppose you can never trust too much to the user  ;-)
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XxavierCommented:
To be honest this is usually done on most pages ias below, there nothing wrong with a text area. Most page developers are familiar with this any anything else I think would confuse.

<html>
Simply click inside the window below, use your cursor to highlight the script, and copy (type Control-c or Apple-c) the script into a new file in your text editor (such as Note Pad or Simple Text) and save (Control-s or Command-s). The script is yours!!!
<form>
<input type=button value="Highlight All" onClick="javascript:this.form.txt.focus();this.form.txt.select();">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
<br>
<textarea NAME="txt" ROWS=6 COLS=75 WRAP=VIRTUAL>
<script src="http://www.myfreecounter.net/script.php?id=1" language="Javascript1.2"></script>
<noscript><img src="http://www.myfreecounter.net/noscript.php?id=1"></noscript>
</textarea>
</form>
</html>

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paStiSSetCommented:
you can also use <blockquote> the code here </blockquote>
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mattjp88Author Commented:
sorry about the delay on follow up, but your suggestions did exactly what I wanted.

thanks,
Matt
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